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Factors Contributing to the Succes of Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing In Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing many factors are combined to make it one of his most wittiest romantic comedies He addresses several issues at the same time For example he addresses the concern of England that Elizabeth had no legitimate heir for the throne in his portrayal of Don Juan Don Juan is seen as malicious self-interested and dangerous This is perhaps a warning to England about the possible actions of an illegitimate heir on the throne At the same time Shakespeare examines the nature of love and marriage He utilizes the two plots between Beatrice and Benedict and Claudio and Hero While Claudio and Hero have a relationship that is more in line with the current view on marriage and love ie that marriage is a business deal and love is not relevant to such matters he further explores other options to the current contractual view To this end he introduces the notions that people who marry should have a solid commitment to one another as well as great respect for each other Furthermore he introduces us to the idea that people in love communicate sometimes at high decibels He challenges us to look at the difference between reality and play-acting specifically in the way courtly love distanced itself from the reality of real love Claudio and Hero demonstrate the conventional play-acting of love They do not know one another well and because of this fact they misread one another to near fatal ends Their marriage has been slightly arranged but is more based on a sexual attraction which Shakespeare challenges as being adequate for real commitment Her outstanding qualities are the fact that she is an heiress as well as being available He on the other hand is very young and gullible He takes a lie for the truth with predictable ease While Beatrice and Benedict have the makings of
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